Marty and Stephnie were married in 1984, while on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ (now CRU). Their first 7 years of marriage were spent in San Bernardino, CA where Marty served at the International School of Theology and Stephnie served the Campus ministry and the personnel department. Marty had an administrative post but gradually worked on a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and then a Master of Divinity in Exposition and Teaching and began to lecture at the Seminary. In 1990, Marty was called as a church planter to plant “a multi-ethnic church planting church” in the suburbs of Chicago. Over the next 20 years, New Song Church became a church of 23 countries of birth, planted seven churches and grew to about 650 regular attenders. In 2008, Marty left New Song to work as a district church-planting consultant. In 2012, he became the pastor of a multi-site church in rural Watseka, IL. And in 2016, Marty left there to become our pastor at Manchester Creek. Marty serves as our primary teacher, vision caster and one-to-one discipleship coordinator. Marty and Stephnie have three children, Meredith Aldrin (husband, Dan), lives in Illinois and serves as the children’s ministry coordinator at a church there. She and Dan have two children. Marty III (wife, Anna) works for InterVarsity Press and is an aspiring writer with three books published so far. Aubre, their second daughter, lives in Illinois as well and currently works for Starbucks.E-mail Marty Schoenleber
Darren serves as the Associate Pastor of Worship and Family Ministry. Prior to his time at Manchester Creek, he served in various churches in the Carolinas as a youth pastor, worship pastor, lead pastor and small group pastor. Darren completed a Master of Divinity degree at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He is married to Julie and they have one daughter, Kara.E-mail Darren Weldon
Barbara L. Pendergrass
Wife, Mother, and natural Leader with a knack for technology and logistics, Mrs. Barbara L. Pendergrass believes a compassion to serve is truly the path one should take to become God’s hands on Earth. Barbara is a native of Edgemoor, SC where she received her formal education. Over the years, she has sharpened her skills in leadership by taking multiple classes in the business management field. Barbara has been married to George Pendergrass since 2009. She has one adult son (Dontavius Williams) who is a minister and entrepreneur. You will often see her with her youngest nephew Mathias.
Barbara is an asset to any group of people she is in involved with. Her home church is Mount Zion AME Zion Church in Landsford, SC where she serves in various ministries and has always had a passion for teaching others. Currently, Barbara teaches a weekly technology class to a group of senior citizens in Western York County but her passion for serving others and teaching has allowed her to serve on two mission trips to Buff Bay, Jamaica where she empowered women through the word of God to become entrepreneurs and by teaching the art of jewelry making using natural stones. Having a healthy balance in life between work and leisure is very important to Barbara. The way she balances her life is finding her peace in spending time with family, craft projects, shopping at Hobby Lobby, making jewelry, and fishing.E-mail Barbara L. Pendergrass